First Random Act of Vineness Awards

In its first few weeks of testing, the new system of Vineacity has proven to be a better model than the previous Positive Feedback %. We think that most would agree that the six measures of Vineacity create a more well rounded image of a user's conduct around the site. This post speaks directly to one of those six branches.

Many have wondered what it takes to acquire the Random Act of Vineness branch. Well, there is no set criterion. Basically, the RAV branch represents the fact that a user has had a shining moment in relation to Newsvine. This is the only branch that is given to an individual, or group of individuals who work together, on a discretionary basis by the Newsvine Team. Receiving the RAV means that you and/or your team have done something above and beyond the normal call of duty in regards to spreading or creating goodness.

The first Random Act of Vineness award goes to two Newsvine members who have each had a long history of colorful contributions to the Vine. Both of them have helped to put us on the map in major ways, but the award goes to each of them for slightly different reasons that are tied to recent events.

Corey Spring

College senior at The Ohio State University, majoring in Communications and Media Production and Analysis. Corey is the quintessential Newsviner. He's opinionated, entertaining and well written. His articles typically pull in a wide array of commentary from people around the Vine.

Corey was chosen by the Newsvine Team to receive the Random Act of Vineness award for his work in spearheading an effort by Newsvine users and people in his local community to support the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life fundraising event in Grove City, Ohio. Team Newsvine, led by Corey Spring, succeeded in raising a whopping $2,190.37, easily surpassing the goal of $1500 and taking first place among fundraising teams (as of the time of this posting. Hats off to Cunningham's Crew for keeping it neck and neck along the way).


Intergalactic Seeding Machine and the earliest interstate Newsvine user. TJ was the first user to reach 500 seeded links and set the benchmark for many users to follow in supplying Newsvine with quality articles from around the web. His sharp analysis and courteous demeanor have continued to serve as a reminder to others around the Vine that it's not only what you say, it's how you say it.

TopJedi is receiving the Random Act of Vineness award for two reasons: First, he came up with the idea for Newsviners to work together toward a philanthropic goal, spurring Corey Spring to come up with the ACS Relay For Life idea. TopJedi has often come up with helpful pieces on how to make the Vine better in general, but this time he surpassed even those good deeds by spreading the love beyond the bounds of the internet and into the lives of people who deserve to be helped. Second, TopJedi graciously donated his home on Newsvine,, back to Newsvine for the purpose of the Top Of The Vine page. He did this without a second thought, knowing that other Newsviners would appreciate the clean and intuitive URL that houses the cream of the crop around here. You can now find his column over at

Many out there have done terrific things deserving of the RAV branch, but we've decided to start from scratch, mostly because we like the idea of making an announcement when the good deed is done, but also because we have to leave something to be gained for you prolific users :)

The Wall of Vineacity page lists all recipients of the Random Act of Vineness award.

Congrats to Corey Spring and TopJedi, we hope you all agree that these two guys deserve nothing less than recognition for their contributions the American Cancer Society and to Newsvine. We'd also like to thank the following Newsvine members and friends for their participation in and contribution to the Relay For Life event (in no particular order):

Future RAV awards will be announced over at Calvin's Column.

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For what it's worth -- and despite the fact that she's probably very nice -- Shelly Ford and I are not married nor have we ever met.


  • 18 votes
Reply#1 - Tue Jun 27, 2006 9:39 PM EDT

Oops, sorry Brian and Shelly. Fixed.

  • 7 votes
#1.1 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 1:27 AM EDT

Shelly is very nice.

And FYI, Jamie & Carol == digitalscoots & greta. :)

  • 4 votes
#1.2 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 12:52 PM EDT

I feel very humbled to be one of the first to receive the RAV award. Much thanks to the Newsvine staff for your kind words as well as everyone who helped pull off a great event for a great cause!

  • 29 votes
Reply#2 - Tue Jun 27, 2006 9:41 PM EDT

Couldn't have happened to a more deserving person. Corey, we should all aspire to present ourselves to the Newsvine public as you have.

  • 11 votes
#2.1 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 12:52 AM EDT

Very well deserved Corey! Nicely done!

  • 7 votes
#2.2 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 1:05 PM EDT

Absolutely deserved.

  • 6 votes
Reply#3 - Tue Jun 27, 2006 9:42 PM EDT

Congrats, guys. Are they actually showing up yet? I don't see it, unless the wrong branch is lit. :)

  • 4 votes
Reply#4 - Tue Jun 27, 2006 9:47 PM EDT

Ooops, uhhhhh, yeeeeeeeeeeeah, we'll get those turned on ASAP. :)

  • 7 votes
#4.1 - Tue Jun 27, 2006 10:12 PM EDT

Ha, admit it. You didn't even have the code for this before. You're just makin it up as you go along! ;)

  • 16 votes
#4.2 - Tue Jun 27, 2006 10:28 PM EDT

The code is ready... honest! It's just the only branch that is "manual" so it requires manual intervention.

  • 9 votes
#4.3 - Tue Jun 27, 2006 11:55 PM EDT

Maybe I'm just weird, but can't you picture The Newsvine Crew in a huge warehouse full of old IBM computers torn apart with wires coming out of everywhere and blinking lights all over...One is feverishly typing while another lies underneath a table on his back holding two wires together shouting, "Come on, we don't have any time!!"

Programmer one snaps back,"I'm on it! I'm on it!" Then he yells, "I got it!!!" as a shower of sparks rains down from above. The 3-story, 30ft wide column known as the Vine's "brain" lights up and roars back to life...

Got it.

  • 9 votes
#4.4 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 5:37 PM EDT

Too much Weird Science for me.

  • 5 votes
#4.5 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 5:39 PM EDT

Does that mean that they have to wear bras on their head?

  • 6 votes
#4.6 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 5:51 PM EDT

Yes, and their kitchen is blue and Bill Paxton is MikeD's older brother.

  • 2 votes
#4.7 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 8:21 PM EDT

Congrats Corey and TopJedi! A well deserved honor for both of you and many thanks for your ongoing contribution to Newsvine. I personally have enjoyed reading your articles and comments and appreciate the professional way each of you address an issue (sometimes with humor...okay, a lot of times with humor).


  • 7 votes
Reply#5 - Tue Jun 27, 2006 9:49 PM EDT

Two excellent choices by the staff. Congratulations to Corey and TJ.

  • 7 votes
Reply#7 - Tue Jun 27, 2006 10:38 PM EDT

What about Claus Jacobsen? He's like the seven Jesi (all the Jesuses) reincarnated as one super soul into a journalist.

  • 11 votes
Reply#9 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 12:16 AM EDT

Are you kidding? We love Claus around here, just take a look at the welcome page.

He's got a strange case though, since nearly all of his contributions are so good, he's raised the bar for himself and finding a standout piece will be a tad bit harder, though I suspect he'll appreciate that 'challenge'.

If you come across a deserving article or action by Claus or any other Newsviner, please let us know. The philanthropic work conceived by TopJedi and executed by Corey Spring is just amazing and we feel very happy to bestow the first award upon these two.

There is no 'limit' to the number of RAV awards we can give out, so keep it coming folks.


  • 11 votes
#9.1 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 1:37 AM EDT

Congrats to Corey Spring and Topjedi, they really deserve this honor. However I am with Ansab, Claus was the first to top 1,000 seeds and his untiring dedication to Newsvine with quality, informational, educational and entertaining posts sets him in a class of his own.

He's got a strange case though, since nearly all of his contributions are so good, he's raised the bar for himself and finding a standout piece will be a tad bit harder, though I suspect he'll appreciate that 'challenge'.

Just his body of work is enough to prove his worthiness. We are all smarter because of him.

  • 10 votes
#9.2 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 7:45 AM EDT

If I were to nominate a single one of Claus' articles, it would be the one about racism with regards. Unfortunately, the Newsvine user content pages won't let me look back past May, so I can't find it. The article really got me thinking on the world around us and my place in it.

  • 2 votes
#9.3 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 7:57 AM EDT

with regards to his life.


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#9.4 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 7:58 AM EDT

Congrats to the first two recipients (I kinda had a feeling they would be among the first based on what I've seen here in the past...), but I honestly do not understand how Claus could be overlooked. The reason is because Claus is more synonymous with Newsvine to me than any other user by leaps, bounds, and galaxies.

I won't even go into the numerous reasons why, but let me just say that, although the charity thing is/was commendable, Claus produced several articles way in advance, if I remember correctly, that specifically aimed to enhance the Newsvine experience for ALL users, not just those who desired or could afford to donate time or money to a charity event.

Charity drives are nice and everything, and they are the top/obvious way to get recognition as being an eager teamplayer or compassionate person, but they inherently exclude those individuals who (1) don't have the time or money to contribute, (2) don't participate in such things for personal or logistical reasons (for example, how do you show up when you live XX thousand miles away and are broke?), or (3) don't care (and that's their choice).

Despite the fact that Claus is not on my Watchlist or a Friend of mine, I'm still exposed to his work every single time I visit Newsvine simply because he is so prolific and because his posts are read and enjoyed by so many. If none of his work is on the front page where I can see it easily, there is always at least one link to his column in the Friends section of my Conversation Tracker. No other Newsvine member has this distinction.

If Claus is not one of the next people to receive the Random Act of Vineness branch, I am going to think that something seriously hinky is going on with that "discretion" mentioned above. Sorry, but that's just the way it is.

  • 7 votes
#9.5 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 1:24 PM EDT

So nominate him ;)

  • 4 votes
#9.6 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 2:26 PM EDT

For the record, there are more than two or three people on Newsvine who "deserve" this sort of recognition, Claus obviously included. Let it also be known that the "Lifetime Achievement" branch level was set precisely based on Claus's prolificness and he was the very first to get it. Let's please end any chatter about who deserves what and when and remember that this particular branch is a bit fuzzy in its application, by necessity. It won't be long until many more have it.

  • 10 votes
#9.7 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 2:37 PM EDT

Top Jedi, professional. No more words needed. Thanks for being here.

  • 3 votes
Reply#10 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 12:55 AM EDT

Congrats to the both of you. You've both been a big part of this place since the beginning (or, at least, since I got here), and it just wouldn't be the same without you.

    Reply#11 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 6:25 AM EDT

    Good work guys....I now have to hate you both (nothing personal of course), but congrats anyway! :P

    • 4 votes
    Reply#12 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 8:07 AM EDT

    Congratulations to two very deserving 'Viners.

    • 2 votes
    Reply#13 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 8:18 AM EDT

    Contrats Cory and Mr Jedi - both very well deserved. What's next - gold Newsvine badges?

    • 2 votes
    Reply#14 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 8:59 AM EDT

    Why is this tagged world-news?

    • 2 votes
    Reply#15 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 9:34 AM EDT

    Why is this tagged world-news?

    Isn't it?

    • 2 votes
    #15.1 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 10:38 AM EDT

    As much as I'd like to believe that Random Acts of Vineness are world issues, I doubt they can really be classified as such. :)

    • 2 votes
    #15.2 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 11:03 AM EDT

    Does the fact that my name is at the top of the list mean anything? Short of the mark, the story of my life! No respect for elders - that's what's the matter with these young wippersnappers. Nyeah! (Edward G. Robinson, like)

    An Ode to a Branch

    When those around you weighted down

    With drapes of fennel and fecund branch,

    Despair that fortune hath not wreathed your brow

    The muses rally not to my command

    Guess I'll go comment on some articles written by people who can write better than me.
    I was becoming accustomed to that. Now I have to accept that there are purer hearts, also.

    Good on ya' guys! (No hard feelings...Really ;)

    • 4 votes
    Reply#16 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 9:45 AM EDT

    Congratulations, Corey and TopJedi! And well deserved. It's also nice to get an indication that the RAV branches are not going to be just for most seeds or articles or votes, but for actions that are more important and lasting. Makes them more important and more worthy of striving for, and shows that Newsvine really is very different than any other community site. And it gives real value to your achievements. Thanks for all the work on this to the first 2 RAV recipients and to the entire Newsvine team.

    • 6 votes
    Reply#17 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 10:27 AM EDT

    Very cool. When I first heard of TopJedi giving up his url, this sort of came to mind, and his involvement in the Relay for Life just puts him over the top. Naturally Corey deserves it, he did a great job in rallying Viners to something great. Congrats to both.

    • 6 votes
    Reply#18 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 10:35 AM EDT

    Congrats fellas!

    • 2 votes
    Reply#19 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 10:49 AM EDT

    Thanks all for the kind words and the honor of having a sixth branch. There is no doubt many more are deserving of this tribute, and someone like Claus who has consistently led with 2% of the entire site's traffic is certainly deserving by virtue of the "vote by visits" for so long.

    The branches may be filled but the needs are still many. If anyone is interested in supporting or suggesting another charity event team newsvine wants your ideas to reach out to others. We don't have to do this as frequently as monthly, but coming up with creative ideas has never been a short coming of Newsvine members.

    Mike D., Calvin and the great Newsvine crew, you do an awesome job and here's hoping that charitable causes for the good of others also help grow the Newsvine with the high quality members that continue to make this community so unique and outstanding!

    • 11 votes
    Reply#20 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 10:56 AM EDT
    Comment author avatarUgly BastardExpand Comment Comment collapsed by the community

    Get a clue.

    It's a measure of how left wing you are.

    • 2 votes
    Reply#21 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 12:22 PM EDT

    Wow. Why are you still here?

    You seem so angry -- and so intent upon making people dislike you.

    (This comment and your efforts on my column which practically beg to be noticed and deleted.)

    I can't imagine that the other conservative voices on Newsvine appreciate the black mark you put on that title.

    • 9 votes
    #21.1 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 12:27 PM EDT

    I'd just like to toss out there that ole Top Jedi ain't exactly liberal.

    • 11 votes
    #21.2 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 12:34 PM EDT

    So you're contending that it's a left-wing trait to take an interest in charity and organize an event raising 2200 for cancer research? Because that's what these fellows got the award for. If so, I think Adam Hobson might disagree with you, along with every other sensible person on Newsvine.

    • 9 votes
    #21.3 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 12:43 PM EDT

    ole Top Jedi would also like to toss out, I ain't exactly liberal and never have been. Except as I keeping trying to be more liberal in the generosity and kindness departments. Thanks for clearing the record Edward :P

    • 10 votes
    #21.4 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 12:46 PM EDT

    You're mistaking my dissent for anger.

    I just don't take the time to coddle you.

    When I pointed out how easily you censored my dissent to your article, I was pointing out your hypocrisy. You would freak if the government censored something you posted.

    That is all.

    Have a nice day.

    • 1 vote
    #21.5 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 12:51 PM EDT

    UB - I've contacted you via the appropriate channel. As usual -- this is not the place for your crusade. Feel free to respond.

    • 2 votes
    #21.6 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 1:03 PM EDT

    Man, I'm all for packing up Ugly Bastard and MadBadDangerous2Know and a few others and just shipping them out, I get really tired of them making me angry all the time. Their brand of contribution offers nothing to the community but senseless conflict without any sort of thought-provoking challenge. I'm all about getting into fights and butting heads, but I'd usually like to see something more than bigotry and ignorance at stake.

    (Here's where some reasonable person tells me that if we do that we're not any better than they are, and then I sigh and agree. Still, I'm gettin' tired of pulling punches. Still, I realize that those who gaze into the abyss should be careful and whatnot.)

    • 6 votes
    #21.7 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 1:03 PM EDT

    What wonderful examples both of you are of being of service. Thank you for setting the pace! Congratulations!

    • 2 votes
    Reply#22 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 1:05 PM EDT
    Comment author avatarUgly BastardExpand Comment Comment collapsed by the community

    Hmmm. Why did you collapse my thread?

    It's getting real hard for someone right of Fidel to contribute here.

      Reply#23 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 1:11 PM EDT

      Threads get collapsed when enough users vote with the little exclamation point instead of the up arrow. I'm guessing a lot of people felt that trivializing the work of two people trying to raise money for charity was worthing of collapsing.

      • 13 votes
      #23.1 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 1:16 PM EDT

      To whom is the "you" referring to in your allegations of mistreatment, Ugly Bastard? I honestly cannot tell.

      E to the Z is correct about the way collapsing comments work (i.e., by consensus). I'm sure there is some way to weave a conspiracy devised by liberals into how your comments seem to be collapsed more often than not. A good way to test the validity of said theory, would be for you to be courteous for a week or so to see if it still happens.

      • 12 votes
      #23.2 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 1:24 PM EDT

      Oh. You realize this will even bring more attention to comment?

      People won't be able to resist expanding my collapsed thread and reading my comments.

      I hope you are happy.

        #23.3 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 2:46 PM EDT

        Congratulations on the RAOV Corey and TopJedi. The Relay for Life event has given me another piece in my 'get my friends to come to newsvine' arsenal.

        I think it's wonderful to have the first two awards be given for such a life-giving, non-partisan, world-affecting, community-building deed.

        Also, TopJedi, you have been a friendly voice/avatar since I joined and, all humility aside, you really deserve this. :)

        • 5 votes
        Reply#24 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 1:17 PM EDT

        *sigh* - the battle for Internationalisation goes unappreciated.

        • 5 votes
        Reply#25 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 1:20 PM EDT

        *sigh* - the pointless cries from Simran that we aren't a company of 100 people continue

        • 18 votes
        #25.1 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 2:33 PM EDT

        Congratulations to the award winners. :)

        • 5 votes
        Reply#26 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 1:43 PM EDT

        I've been a long time fan of TopJedi. He's been one of the top heros on this site to me. Corey - being my age and state in life - is someone I can aspire to work as hard as. He's got skills to pay the bills.

        As for the people dropping Claus' name, he's great. I'd put him in the list of top5 people who are Newsvine. But, to be honest, he's only done seeding and write-ups. I may be mistaken, but I think that laste vine sprout is meant for those who do something outside of the general functions of this site, i.e. posting and seeding. Although Clause's content is some of the best here, if RAOV was meant for those who reach a numerical plateau, it'd lose it's meaning.

        • 8 votes
        Reply#27 - Wed Jun 28, 2006 2:46 PM EDT
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